A recent study finds that only half of U.S. youth meet physical active standards

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 11:29 am

If you don’t think your child is active enough- you’re not alone.

A recent study found only half of u.s. youth meeting physical active standards.

Dr. Sarah Lappe a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s said, “The one thing that is probably most helpful to your kids is to get active with your kid. Don’t tell them to go do something, go do it with them.“

Researchers with the National Institutes of Health surveyed nearly 10,000 kids between the ages of 11 and 16.

They found 47 percent of were less likely to exercise five or more days each week or to eat fruits and vegetables at least once a day.

they were also more likely to spend time watching television or playing video games.

Researchers say even the kids in the survey who were exercising enough could improve their health habits, but were least likely to eat unhealthy food, spend too much time in front of a screen, and had the lowest rates of depressive symptoms.

Dr. Lappe says shoot for 60 minutes of play a day. “It doesn’t have to be 60 minutes straight. It can be in 15 minute sections throughout the day, so 15-minutes here, 15-minutes there and have it add up to 60 minutes throughout the day.”

You can find out more by going onto the National Institute of Healths website.

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